Best brand for athletic fit polo shirts?

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    Dec 03, 2014 4:24 PM GMT
    I am wondering what kind of shirts guys with larger shoulders and arms like to wear to work. If I buy a regular fit polo, they seem far too baggy to me and hang far past my waist. I like the athletic fit because they fit well on my chest and arms and don't cover up my butt. I have a hard time finding something that fits well on my build without being overly tight and thus a little inappropriate for work. Suggestions?
  • Destinharbor

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    Dec 03, 2014 5:24 PM GMT
    Polo brand Custom Fit. Large. Mesh. You and I aren't that different in size and these fit me perfectly. And the older they get (well past work clothes condition), the better they fit. I probably have 30 of various ages. The ticket, I found, is to lay them out wet and smooth them, especially the collar which should be dried straight, not folded down. They last forever.
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    Dec 03, 2014 6:23 PM GMT
    I find Lacoste are a good fit and tend to keep their shape and size well.
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    Dec 03, 2014 6:42 PM GMT
    icon_neutral.gif I don't think so... I looked up their sizing chart, and it says that the "custom fit" is just 1.5" narrower shoulders and 3" smaller chest. That's moving in the wrong direction. (Actually, what it says is "closer," which makes no sense, but maybe some marketing retard figured that was less potentially insulting.)

    The problem is that they're all made for A shaped people - nobody makes clothes for V shaped people. At best, you can find some H-shaped stuff and try to have it re-sewn.

    (Oh, great. And now I get all their banner ads for a few days. icon_rolleyes.gif )
  • Noeton

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    Dec 04, 2014 11:29 PM GMT
    It's so frustrating... I found some H&M "fine cotton stretch" polo shirts that are somewhat V-shaped... then I usually tuck them. There's a photo of me in one on my profile. Lacoste as far as I know is never on sale and is exorbitantly expensive. The weird thing is that whenever I'm in Europe all the guys seem to be wearing great fitting shirts... that don't look like they cost a fortune... and they also look hotter on average. Why is that I wonder? icon_confused.gif
  • Destinharbor

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    Dec 04, 2014 11:35 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidicon_neutral.gif I don't think so... I looked up their sizing chart, and it says that the "custom fit" is just 1.5" narrower shoulders and 3" smaller chest. That's moving in the wrong direction. (Actually, what it says is "closer," which makes no sense, but maybe some marketing retard figured that was less potentially insulting.)

    The problem is that they're all made for A shaped people - nobody makes clothes for V shaped people. At best, you can find some H-shaped stuff and try to have it re-sewn.

    (Oh, great. And now I get all their banner ads for a few days. icon_rolleyes.gif )

    OP didn't like the baggy look. True, the "Custom Fit" shirts are snug in the shoulders and arms but the effect is to look tailored. Of course what fits me perfectly may be totally wrong on you.

    Btw, you can get these shirts on sale at their factory store for about $45. Very well made.
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    Dec 04, 2014 11:55 PM GMT
    LOL. The problem is that ALL shirts are "snug" in the shoulders and chest and STILL there's enough extra baggy fabric hanging down to stuff a couple of watermelons up in there.
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    Dec 04, 2014 11:59 PM GMT
    Express has really nice polo shirts in a few different colors. They have fitted and regular. Either way, they're not super loose.
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    Dec 05, 2014 12:46 AM GMT
    I actually have tons of polos left over from the 90's that I never wear - just leave all the buttons undone and they stretch just enough to let people see how perky my nipples are that day.

    (Now that I wurk for myself, "office casual" means, um, pull on a pair of shorts when a delivery truck rolls up. And maybe some shoes and a lab coat if I'm going to pour some acids or something.)
  • biathlete01

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    Dec 05, 2014 6:13 PM GMT
    I have someone tapper each side of the shirt for below the arms down to the waist. It's really not too expensive.
  • Destinharbor

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    Dec 05, 2014 6:20 PM GMT
    biathlete01 saidI have someone tapper each side of the shirt for below the arms down to the waist. It's really not too expensive.

    Ya, I do that with all my dress shirts. Makes a huge difference.
  • magicjake

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    Dec 05, 2014 6:32 PM GMT
    Same. Every polo and button up shirt I own has been tailored. Worth every penny IMO.
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    Dec 05, 2014 10:36 PM GMT
    Banana Republic's Athletic Fit polos always fit me well.
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    Dec 06, 2014 12:51 AM GMT
    SF79 saidBanana Republic's Athletic Fit polos always fit me well.


    Yes, I like the Banana Republic brand and the Express athletic fit. My main issue is how tight it gets on my arms, I feel like it looks like I am wearing a small boy's shirt. I think I may need to have some shirts tailored, though it seems slightly extravagant to me.
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    Dec 06, 2014 12:57 AM GMT
    H&M
    Great price!
    Great fit!

    You'd look great in them.

    Stretch cotton, collared polo's, cool colors
  • buddycat

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    Dec 06, 2014 1:24 AM GMT
    I was looking at those myself since I am no longer trying to hide my gut that is just about gone icon_lol.gif. I like Polo Big Pony. I understand you don't want to wear something that you look like your trying to hide something and be thought of as fat. Just tuck your shirt in. You can also try some designer labels at your local outlet mall. They are usually European cut.